Subscription Box Insanity: Stitch Fix (Nov. ’14)

Stitch Fix Outfit Guide

Stitch Fix Outfit Guide

Despite the fact that this is my first review of it, Stitch Fix was actually one of my first subscription box services. I still love it, but I am both very picky about my clothing, and also happen to have a ton of clothes in general so I now only receive a “fix” every other month. This review is of my November fix. (See my other Stitch Fix reviews here.)

For this month’s fix I requested dresses and/or skirts. I wanted some potential options for upcoming holiday parties, etc. My stylist was new to me. Some people swear by certain stylists and request them every month but I’ve only been lucky enough to get a stylist who “got me” one other time. I think that’s kind of a bummer because I somewhat feel like every time I do get a new stylist, I have to start over a bit with relaying items I like or don’t like.

This is part of the reason I moved to every other month. The other reason being that since my wardrobe is rather complete, picking items for me can be more “miss” than hit. But for those who have very sparse closets, this is definitely a service I recommend as it seems like Stitch Fix maintains quite an extensive collection of items. For the completely fashion-clueless, there are even style cards (see the above picture) that show you how to wear various items in each fix!

THE DETAILS: I don’t know if it is still the case, but there is usually a bit of a wait list before you receive your first “fix” after signing up. Once you are in the rotation though, then your fix comes like clock work on the cycle you specify. I believe you can get a fix as often as every 2-3 weeks, monthly, or in my case, every other month if you so choose. The initial cost for subscribers is $20, which serves as a purchase credit of sorts that will be used towards the purchase of whatever item(s) you choose to keep from the selections made for you. However, if you don’t choose at least one item to purchase, you are not refunded your $20 “styling fee”. Based on a questionnaire that you fill out with both style/price preferences and sizing, as well as any Pinterest, etc. profiles you link to your file, as well as actual requests, your personal stylist selects 5 items and/or accessories to be a part of your fix. The fix is shipped to you, you have three days to try on the items, and then anything you don’t want you can ship back in a pre-paid envelope that is included. If you buy all the items in the fix, you get 25% off the total cost, plus your $20 is applied as a purchase credit. (I have yet to get a fix in which I wanted to keep all five items, so I typically only buy one or two to keep costs down.) You indicate to Stitch Fix what you are keeping via an online survey that asks you what you thought about various elements of each item in the fix (color, style, fit, price). Once you submit the survey, you are automatically charged for the items you chose and expected to send the rest back in the mailer. (If you don’t, I believe they later charge you for all the rest.) Supposedly your responses to each survey help your stylists better determine what you will like in future fixes. This service is only available in the U.S.

One other thing to note is that often the items you are sent seem to come via wholesale sources so while the brands are recognizable and/or can be found online, you often can’t find the exact item for sale. So prices listed are the ones provided by Stitch Fix.

Here’s my first item:

Nancy Metal/Bead Bib

Zad Nancy Metal/Bead Bib

This was very well made, with a stiff cloth backing, and in my preferred jewelry color, silver. It is the Zad Nancy Metal Bead & Crystal Statement Bib. It’s listed retail value is $48 which seems about right considering all the beadwork, etc. It lays a bit narrowly on me though so it goes in maybe pile.

Jax Sleeveless Lace Jacquard Dress

Uttam Jax Sleeveless Lace Jacquard Dress

The next item is the Uttam Jax Sleeveless Lace Jacquard V-Neck Dress. It is a gorgeous deep blue with black lace overlay and soo my style! The problem is…I have several dresses in this same shape, color, etc. At a retail price of $128 I’m putting it in the maybe pile but will have to see how many other pieces I may be considering.

Iris Striped Skirt

41Hawthorn Iris Striped Skirt

Next up is this navy, red, and white striped A-line skirt by 41Hawthorn Iris Striped A-Line Skirt. It has a black elastic waistband which, while comfy, seems incongruous to the rest of the linen-like material. I like stripes but this is just way too busy/bold for me and it’s retail listing of $58 makes it a definite no.

Carson Cross-Front Blouse

41Hawthorn Carson Cross-Front Blouse

This top is also by 41Hawthorn and is their Carson Lace Detail Cross-Front Blouse. It’s a nice style with a sheer, lace back and lays really well. The only problem, which you can probably see even from the picture, is that it is a very sheer, white material. It’s not very practical except as an undershirt and for a retail listing of $64, that’s a very expensive under blouse. This is also in the no pile.

C.Luce Sleeveless Dress

C.Luce Sleeveless Pleated Dress

The last item in my fix is this C. Luce Pelle Sleeveless Pleated Neckline Dress. I love the color and the pleating on the top. It is also pretty sheer and short, as well…even on my petite frame. I’m not in love with it and given that I would have to pay the full price of $68 for it, I have to go with my gut which is saying no.

Which means that the two items I like best are the bib ($48) and the jacquard dress ($128). Given that I already do have dresses like the navy and black one- and that it is admittedly pricey- I opt to send it back to and keep the bib. However, I may or may not decide to put it up for swap as well.

What do you all think? Which items would you have kept?


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